Memorial Day Celebrations California

San Diego Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Ceremony

May 29, 2023, 10 a.m.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr.
 San Diego, CA 92106 |

The Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation which sponsors the annual Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day celebration is comprised of War Veterans Organizations, their Auxiliaries and patriotic groups that have conducted the Memorial Services at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego for over 100 years. San Diego's largest and most celebrated memorial dedicated to our fighting men and women, requires lots of support. The volunteer group funding the event is independent of the cemetery and all donations go towards putting on this incredible Memorial Day celebration. Expenses include Police for traffic control, transportation buses, flower wreaths, insurance, scholarships, and mailings. You can go to the website ( and make a contribution.

A burial ground before 1847, this graveyard became an Army Post cemetery in the 1860s. It is the final resting place for most who fell at San Pasqual in 1846, and for the USS Bennington victims of 1905. At one time, it had become known as Bennington National Cemetery. It became Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in 1934 and was placed under the Veterans Administration National Cemetery System in 1973. This cemetery is also a California registered historical landmark, #55, first registered on December 6, 1932. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is closed to new interments. 

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is one of approx. nine such cemeteries in California.

USS Midway Legacy Week

May 27-29, 2023

USS Midway
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Honoring Our Heroes - Memorial Day Weekend

Remembrance Wall May 23-30, 2023 on board exhibit

Meet the Aviators and the planes they flew May 28, 2023, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

The Music Machine, Bonita Vista High School Mixed Show Choir May 29, 2023, 12:30 p.m. on Flight Deck

U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary Arizona Band Performance May 29, 2023, 11:45 a.m. & 2:15  p.m. on Flight Deck

The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. The Memorial Day lineup of activities aboard the Midway honors and remembers our heroes as it celebrates our military heritage. Weekend activities and events offer the community an affordable and inspiring way to kick off summer in San Diego.

Top Gun Movie Showing

May 26, 2023, 6 p.m.

USS Midway Memorial Day

May 29, 2023, 9 a.m.

USS Midway
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Free to attend, this is a special commemorative wreath ceremony in remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This event includes:

  • Guest speakers
  • A flyover
  • Tossing a memorial wreath over the ship in honor of the fallen.  

La Jolla Memorial Day Veterans Ceremony

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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